Feb. 20, 2004
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team dropped the opening game of the River City Classic to Washington State by a score of 5-3 at Hornet Field in Sacramento, Calif. The loss drops the Broncos' record to 5-4 on the season while the Cougars improve to 3-2.
WSU got a stellar outing from its starter Aaron MacKenzie who allowed the three Bronco runs on only five hits in his seven full innings on the mound. MacKenzie struck out seven SCU batters while walking only two en route to his second win of the season. Wayne Daman Jr. picked up his first save of the year, tossing the final two innings and allowing only one baserunner during that time.
Santa Clara starter Chad Fillinger fell to 2-1 on the season after allowing four runs, only three of which were earned, on six hits to go along with five strikeouts and three walks. Anthony Rea threw the final 2 2/3 innings for the Broncos and allowed one run on three hits while walking none and striking out two.
Cougar first baseman Grant Richardson was one of two WSU batters to collect two hits on the day, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Center fielder Daeo Rubin went 2-for-5 with one run scored and one stolen base. Justin Hart and Jeff Miller each picked up a RBI for Washington State in the win.
Former WSU player and current SCU third baseman, Dustin Realini, went 2-for-4 with one run scored for the Broncos. Michael Thompson went 1-for-2 with two RBI and one runs scored before being pulled in the fourth inning after making three errors at second base. Catcher David Mandley went 1-for-3 with the team's only other RBI.
Santa Clara will play at 5 p.m. on day two of the River City Classic in Sacramento, taking on the loser of the Cal Poly-San Francisco game that is still underway. Saturday's game will be played at the American River JC baseball complex.